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responds. we also want to watch to see if biden talks down to romney as george h.w. bush did to geraldine ferraro. and if he does, how he handles it. they're separated by a quarter century, different accomplishments and considerably different values. put it all together and by the end of the night, we're going to know an awful lot more about not only two candidates, but the state of both campaigns. >> the campaign's very close right now. the vice presidential debate could be very important. thanks for your insight. >> the xi familiaric of that debate is going to be interesting. >>> unemployment is sure to be a hot button issue at tonight's debate. we learn the number of people applying for jobless benefits dropped to its lowest level in more than four years. weekly unemployment applications dropped to 339,000. that's the lowest level since february of 2008. if that is sustained, if the drop could signal a stronger job market. >>> we'll be right back with the bay area team on ellen. >>> the boy scout that made headlines was today given a $20,000 scholarship from ellen degeneres.